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A special public health strike force went into schools in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Audubon today to administer H1N1 flu vaccine to kindergarteners and first-graders. Parental permission slips were sent home with students on Friday, and it's not clear how many were returned by today. Becker County Community Health Supervisor Ronda Stock said she would be happy if even 50 percent of the youngsters were vaccinated. "We received a limited shipment of partially live vaccine on Friday, so we have targeted kindergarten and first grade," she said. The shipment arrived unannounced, sending Sto
Whether it's inflatable cartoon ghosts, life-size zombies and ghouls, piles of pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns, or just loads of autumn flowers, straw bales and scarecrows, people who decorate their homes for Halloween are in it for the fun. The scariest house in town has to be at 1010 West Willow Street, where seven or eight life-size ghouls, vampires, witches, werewolves and monsters haunt the small front yard.
About a dozen people showed up Thursday evening at Audubon Elementary School for the first of two informational meetings about a proposed increase in the operating levy for the Lake Park-Audubon School District. The district is asking voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy next month. This is not the same as the building bond levy that's been on the ballot the past few years. This money is for regular school operations, not new or improved buildings. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov.
Residents of the Detroit Lakes School District go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to vote on a proposal put forth by the district to increase its operating levy from the current $319 per pupil unit to $457 per pupil unit. According to Superintendent Doug Froke, the increase in the operating levy would generate an additional $400,000 in new revenue for the district for the next 10 years.
The first shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine to Becker County recently arrived without warning, and it was disappointing. "We have a lot of sick people and not a lot of vaccine," said Becker County Community Health Supervisor Ronda Stock.
Officials with the Detroit Lakes School District have devised a plan to raise about $400,000 a year in new tax revenue -- without raising property taxes. But this is what they are afraid the voters will focus on when they go to the polls: "BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE." That's the state-mandated language that will be on the ballot. The proposed operating levy has been carefully crafted so that nobody's taxes will go up, and some, like farmers and seasonal cabin owners, will actually see their property taxes go down, if the measure
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says something stinks about the way Ferrellgas does business in Minnesota -- and it isn't the propane. Swanson on Monday filed a lawsuit against Ferrellgas, LP, a large national propane energy company, alleging that it deceived Minnesota consumers about the rates and fees charged for propane for heating. The news didn't surprise Dean Leitheiser, who lives a few miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. He dumped Ferrellgas about a year ago and switched to another propane provider, after repeatedly having to battle Ferrellgas over bills that were double wh
They may be late in coming, but the colors are starting to appear in trees and underbrush around the area. Some of the best color in the area is north of Detroit Lakes, in the Tamarac National Wild Life refuge, according to Cleone Stewart, tourism director with the Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. She was among about 100 people who took an 88-mile ride along the Lake Country Scenic Byway on Tuesday. Two coach buses took the group along the byway from Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids to Walker to Itasca State Park. "We had more colors here than the Park Rapids area," Stewart said.
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It might be easy to dismiss a bicycle trail as a lightweight economic development opportunity, but Guy Fischer, housing and economic development coordinator for Becker County, says to think again. An extension to the Heartland Trail from Park Rapids to Moorhead could bring $1 million a year in economic impact to communities like Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Audubon, and Lake Park -- through good old-fashioned pedal-power. A similar trail has been worth $1-$5 million annually to a rural town of 1,800 elsewhere in Minnesota, he said. The first stage of the new trail could well be from Frazee to